The true life story of the hijacking of an Air France flight in June 1976 by the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine is brought to the screen by award winning Director Jose Padilha.

The story, which has had a big screen outing at least twice in the past, sees an Air France flight, carrying mostly Jewish Israeli passengers, leave Tel Aviv bound for Paris.

Whilst on route the plane is hijacked by German terrorists Wilfred Bose (Daniel Bruhl) and Bridgitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike), aided by Palestinian terrorists who are on the plane to help them, they divert the plane to Uganda where they become “guests” of Idi Amin (Nonso Anozie).

Meanwhile back in Israel the Prime Minister (Lior Ashkenazi) is given a demand that if the Israelis don’t release a number of Palestinian prisoners the terrorists will start killing the passengers, starting with the children.

What follows is a high stake poker game between the terrorists and the Israeli Government as Lior, who is for negotiation, is pressured by members of his cabinet, most notably is defence minister Shimon Peres (Eddie Marson), to not negotiate and instead formulate a plan that would allow them to send their special forces into the airport in order to free the captives.

Padhila manages to give a well told story some freshness, Bruhl and Pike are particularly good as two Germans whose ideology blinds them to the fact that they are being used as pawns by their Palestinian allies. Bruhl’s character is repeatedly reminded by his captives that it doesn’t look good that two Germans are holding a group of Jews hostage and when the hostages start being killed it is the Jews that will be first to have a gun put to their heads.

Even if you know the eventual outcome Entebbe is still an enjoyable, is somewhat harrowing watch.

Entebbe (12A)

1h 47m

Director: Jose Padilha
Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund

UK Release: Friday 11th May 2018

Entebbe - "Hijack" Clip

Entebbe - "Rescue" TV Spot